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Sergeant Ashley Henson is a lifelong resident of Paulding County. He graduated from East Paulding High School with honors in 1996. After high school, he enrolled in college where he later graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology in December of 2000. In December of 2002 he graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Master of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology. While he was finishing up his Master's Degree, he began his career with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office in September of 2002 under Sheriff Bruce Harris.
Paulding County Service Sergeant Henson began his career with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office as a Jailer in the Detention Center. After a brief time in the Jail, Sergeant Henson attended P.O.S.T. Basic Mandate Training and transferred to the Uniform Patrol Division. Sergeant Henson was later laterally transferred to the K-9 Division where he handled a dual purpose law enforcement K-9 under the direction of Captain Gary Gulledge prior to him being elected Sheriff. Sergeant Henson worked K-9 Grep where the two were responsible for locating hundreds of pounds of drugs and numerous criminals. Sergeant Henson worked in the K-9 Division for approximately eight years. In January of 2012, Sergeant Henson was promoted to Corporal and tasked by Sheriff Gulledge as the full time Public Information Officer for the Paulding County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Henson is responsible with being the point of contact between Sheriff Gulledge, the Sheriff's Office and the community both in the media and in the public. Sergeant Henson is very active in the community and serves on several boards and organizations in Paulding County. Sergeant Henson also maintains the Sheriff's Office Social Media pages as well as the agency website. In March of 2012, Sergeant Henson joined the SWAT Team where he was assigned to the sniper element. Currently, Sergeant Henson is the sniper team leader where he oversees and directs sniper operations for the SWAT Team. Training Sergeant Henson has been given the opportunity to participate in and receive thousands of hours of training in his career. In addition to the training which is listed below, Sergeant Henson works hand in hand with all of the government entities in Paulding County to spread awareness about the Sheriff's Office and law enforcement operations. -P.O.S.T. Master Instructor -P.O.S.T. Senior Instructor -P.O.S.T. Firearms Instructor -P.O.S.T. General Instructor -C.R.A.S.E. Active Shooter Training Instructor -A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Training Instructor -P.O.S.T. Senior Deputy Certification -P.O.S.T. Management Certification -P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certification -P.O.S.T. Advanced Certification -P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certification -P.O.S.T. Field Training Officer (FTO) Certification -P.O.S.T. RADAR / LIDAR Certification -P.O.S.T. Basic Peace Officer Certification -P.O.S.T. Jailer Certification Personal Sergeant Henson is married to his college sweetheart Jodie, and they have two boys. They reside just outside the City of Dallas on their family farm and are members of the Dallas First United Methodist Church. Jodie is employed as an elementary school administrator with the Paulding County School District. Ashley enjoys coaching and watching youth sports in Paulding County and spending time with his family. They are avid skiers/snowboarders and enjoy time in the mountains of the western United States.